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As an encore to Constellation Field, the City of Sugar Land is preparing to build an $84 million performing arts center. The 6,500 seat, 200,000 square foot facility will be located on 21-acres at Lexington Avenue and University Boulevard between

the University of Houston campus and Brazos River Park. Construction will start in 2014 and the venue is slated to open in 2016. The facility is part of a 2007 plan to make Sugar Land a tourism and entertainment destination. In 2008, Sugar Land voters approved creation of an entertainment district

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Willie Nelson tickets sells out in record time for March 2014 public, only a handful were left, and most weren't together. A few weeks ago tickets Bryan Blaun, President of went on sale for Willie Nelson's FM2, the management company November 19 concert at the that handles the Stafford Centre, Stafford Centre. On the first explained the situation to day of pre-sale, over 800 tickets City Council last Wednesday were sold (the Stafford Centre night. This event, a precursor holds 1,154). By the time the to the Stafford Centre's 10th tickets went on sale to the general Anniversary next March 2014, By Karen Daniels

is their "highest costing show to purchase ever" though "not one person has complained about the price." A seat in the pit will run $200 per. However, they are complaining about not being able to get a ticket for this event. A remedy was discussed with

An architect’s rendering shows what the proposed $84 million dollar Sugar Land performing arts venue will look like.  The 6,500 facility is set to open in 2016.

Missouri City opens new improved animal shelter By Betsy Dolan

Subsidence District’s actions could limit our options for developing a reliable water source for the cities of Rosenberg and Richmond, and Fort Bend County, at the lowest possible cost.” Richmond's Mayor Evalyn W. Moore said, “The entirety of Fort Bend County would benefit

Missouri City's new and much-improved animal shelter opened under the radar two months ago, but the facility has already logged a few adoptions and is getting ready for a public open house on September 23 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new fully-enclosed, climate-controlled facility is designed to not only improve the comfort and adoptability of the animals inside but to provide a more welcoming environment for people hoping to adopt a shelter pet. It is also larger with room for more than 30 dogs and 12 cats, as opposed to 16 animals total at the old facility. The shelter also features more windows, restrooms, a life room where families can spend time with prospective

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Calling cost for meeting mandate - phenomenal

Fort Bend Subsidence District's regulatory plan amendments face some challenges “The cost of attaining the Fort  Bend Subsidence District’s mandate for groundwater reduction is phenomenal, and it is our duty to investigate all possible alternate water sources in order to select the most effective, long-term sustainable solution for our communities, while being good stewards of our limited natural resources." Mayor Morales also said, "The

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with sales tax and venuespecific taxes, which allowed construction of the baseball stadium and plans for the performing arts venue. "We've been very progressive in planning for our future," said Sugar Land City Manager Allan Bogard. "We know that this

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"The Subsidence District’s actions could limit our options for developing a reliable water source for the cities of Rosenberg and Richmond, and Fort Bend County, at the lowest possible cost,” said Rosenberg's City Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. about the city's challenge of the Fort Bend Subsidence District's (FBSD) regulatory plan amendments.

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  ALDI, the nation's leading low-price grocer, has announced plans to build a 650,000 foot distribution center on US 90A west of Highway 36 in Rosenberg.  The facility will initially employ 72 people with plans to more than double that as the company continues to expand into the Houston market. There are currently 12 ALDI stores in the Houston area including Sugar Land and Missouri City.  In addition to the distribution center, ALDI has announced plans to build a store on Reading Road between FM 2218 and Interstate 69, opening in the spring of 2014.  The City of Rosenberg

approved a 70 percent tax abatement on the building and equipment for 10 years.  In addition, the Rosenberg Development Council agreed to reimburse $500,000 on infrastructure and development costs. Matt Fielder, Rosenberg's Economic Development Director said the ALDI facility will not only have a positive impact on Rosenberg but Fort Bend County and Lamar CISD as well. "Right now the land generates about $147 a year in property taxes.  We estimate that the ALDI facility will generate $1.6 million in property taxes over 10 years and that is with the abatement in place," Fielder said. "It's a win-win for the school district because

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involve a capital expenditure investment of more than $60 million to the local economy. The facility is anticipated to be valued at $44 million, with an additional $20 million in taxable inventory. Construction on the facility is anticipated to begin in early 2014, with completion in October 2015. The distribution center and divisional headquarters will officially open for business in early 2016.

Meadows Place announces Jan Moore as new city secretary she enjoyed her time there, and found the resident's to be During very friendly, Moore said she the August "wanted more responsibility City Council and more of a challenge." When asked about her new meeting, job so far she said, "This is the City of my dream job. Mayor Jessup Meadows Place is extremely supportive of his welcomed staff." One of her new projects their new City for the city will be to create a Jan Moore Secretary, Jan records management plan for Moore. New to Texas, Moore city records that will be scanned spent the last 28 years living in and inventoried into a database, Boca Raton, Florida, 13 of those helping the City become more years dedicated to her career in efficient and progressive. government. She has a Certified Married to her husband, Municipal Clerk (CMC) David Moore, for 12 years, they moved to the Houston area designation and the Master Municipal Clerk (MMC), both when a business opportunity presented itself for him. earned from the International "We decided on a change of Institute of Municipal Courts. Currently she is pursuing pace," Jan Moore said of their decision to leave Florida. Ask her Texas Municipal Clerk certification which will take any Texan and they'll tell Jan 2 ½ years. For the past year, she made the right decision. Ms. Moore has worked as the With their 6 year-old daughter Assistant City Secretary for Miranda, the Moore's like the City of Hedwig Village, to spend their personal time located in Houston and similar riding bikes, entertaining, in size to Meadows Place; with gardening, and spending time with family and friends. a scaled-back budget. Though By Karen Daniels

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Dave and Elaine Presutti of Sugar Land, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Gloria Jean, to William O’Connell, son of Robert and Sue O’Connell of El Paso, Texas. Gloria is a 2005 graduate of Clements High School in Sugar Land. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in 2009. She currently works for Dallas Audio Post in Carrollton, Texas. William is a 2003 graduate of Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University in 2008. He currently works for Ethos Group in Irving, Texas. A November wedding is planned at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas.

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Church venue candor with seniors “not just for Baptists” Medicare and the Affordable Care Act–facts & myths to be addressed Is it true? That’s a question for elected policy makers, like The Independent Payment Congressman Pete Olson, for Advisory Board, a federal review example. And although he does body set to become operational not support the law, it needs in 2014 under Obamacare, addressing because the matter will it have the authority to cut is in the making…and many Medicare costs impacting Fort seniors have fears about how Bend Seniors in order to meet the new law, with three in 10 Congressional spending targets? Americans not familiar with it With health insurance exchanges says a recent Gallup poll, and factoring into health insurance how its reforms will change coverage set to open on October what they now have or what 1, what’s going to happen to they may be getting instead. current Medicare coverage? Will But also be aware that “there’s health care be rationed to the no new Medicare card,” she elderly and possibly others? says. “This is a new Medicare This fear based scenario fraud scam that is targeting our continues to make the rounds. senior population.” She also

said that unscrupulous people know seniors are concerned these days about Medicare under Obamacare. The Medicare card is still the same one, and right now, “Medicare is safe and here for your medical needs,” she advises. As a public service, King, who has over 20 years experience in the Medicare and health insurance field, will be speaking on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 at the Sugar Creek Baptist Church LYF Center, 13444 SW Freeway in Sugar Land, and she’ll share seniors’ concerns candidly, and talk about how Medicare

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Strayer University launches "Graduation Fund Plus" In an effort to address college affordability, Strayer University will begin a program this fall for new students in Texas that puts a plan into action. With 9 campuses in the Houston area, including one in Stafford, Strayer University is a "leading postsecondary institution that serves working adults. “The plan works like this: for every three successfully completed undergraduate classes, you earn a voucher for one free class to be used during your senior year. CEO Karl McDonnell explained, "By the time you finish the first three years (30 classes) you will have earned the fourth year free (10 classes). And as an additional incentive, tuition costs have dropped by three-hundred dollars. What used to be $1,725 per course, will now be $1,425. McDonnell added, "There

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Stars general meeting and Giggle 2014 kick-off set for September 16 Join them for their first Stars General Meeting on Monday, September 16 from 6:30-8:00 PM as they kickoff Giggle and get the year off with a bang! There will be opportunities for ladies to join Stars, renew memberships and reunite with friends you've missed over the summer. They will also be kicking off their planning for Giggle 2014! Learn more about this Fort Bend must-attend event and join a committee to get more involved. The Women's Center

Shelter is very low on canned goods. They are asking all attendees to please bring at least one (1) can of familysize or larger vegetables or fruit to the meeting. Stars supports the Fort Bend County Women's Center's fundraising and direct service efforts through special events and by assisting with agency projects. For more information about the general meeting on September 16 or any questions, please email FBStars67@gmail.com. 

works for those already receiving benefits, for those approaching Medicare eligibility (numbers are astounding as boomers turn 65), and/or for those interested in helping a friend or family member. You’ll hear from King the ins and outs of the Medicare entitlement program itself and, also what lies ahead, again, “as we now know it,” she said. “It’s important to know what you need to do, especially when you make choices that will lock you in.” King advises knowing about the different kinds of Medicare supplements being marketed and asks that as much information as possible be reviewed “to pick and choose what will suit your needs the best.” There’s “no cookie-cutter plan out there for seniors,” she cautions. Currently, Medicare benefits kick in at 65 years of age, but that could change because it looks like reforms in the making to financially sustain Medicare may be coming. So, for now, pencil in the date for a free event open to the public, and pick up what some consider the best tips for seniors eligible for, or on the verge of eligibility for Medicare. Presented by a specialist in the field, King will also be available to answer questions on site or later. For more information, interested persons are asked to call 832-800-4674 or visit tonisays.com.

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The FORT BEND CO. M.U.D. #46 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2013 on September 24, 2013, 12:00pm at 3 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2000, Houston, Texas 77046. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The FT. BEND MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 119 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2013 on October 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM at Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2400, Houston, TX 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal:

Charles M. Lusk III, Ketan Inamdar, Jojo Tharayil None

PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT:

Nick A. Hernandez, Timothy Williamson

Difference in rates per $100 of value

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AGAINST the proposal:

None

ABSENT:

None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $ Difference in rates per $100 of value

Average appraised value

215,827 1,931.65

ALAN SHELBY, CAROL RICHARDSON, JEANETTE SPINKS, MICHAEL J. GARZA AND BRIAN KEITH JOSEPH

PRESENT and not voting: None

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0

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222,445 1,579.36

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$ +53.70 +3.5197%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.


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Fort Bend Subsidence District’s regulatory plan amendments face some challenges investigate the viability of a the Fort Bend Subsidence subsidence modeling. Electro AMENDMENT, continued from page 1

from having an additional water source that could provide a sustainable long term solution. As we work to meet the Subsidence District’s conversion mandates, we will continue to

groundwater transport option as an alternate water supply for our two communities.” The statements are part of a media release sent on Monday.  It reports that Richmond's and Rosenberg's governing bodies have taken action separately  to challenge

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northbound along US 59 at about FM 360 near the Village of Beasley. As he drove along the highway, a Chevrolet pickup truck passed him traveling upwards to 93 mph. Deputy Buihner fell in behind the truck and a brief chase ensued. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “The truck pulled off the road between Beasley and Rosenberg and then cut across the grassy area separating the highway from the feeder road. The deputy continued following the vehicle until the truck broke through a barbed-wire fence and proceeded toward a tree line in

the pasture.” Once the vehicle came to a stop the occupants fled on foot abandoning personal property and 54 cello wrapped bales of marijuana along with their Chevrolet pickup. Haenel said, the bales weighed 1,054 pounds and have an estimated street value of $537,000. As deputies combed the rural farm area that night no suspects were located. However, according to Haenel, a clerk at a truck stop in the area said a group of men with mud on their clothes and breathing heavily stopped briefly at the store. That clerk also told authorities that the suspicious men were with a caravan pulling cars.

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District's (FBSD) regulatory plan amendments, specifically, the "alternative water supply" definition.  This action, taken on Sept. 4,  helps facilitate requesting a rehearing of the FBSD's regulatory plan amendments. The two cities, along with other water suppliers in Fort Bend County, are required to meet the FBSD’s mandated groundwater conversion.  The joint effort unites their message about ensuring the communities’ ultimate alternate water source is the most viable, cost effective solution available. During the same meetings, each city also authorized cooperation with Electro Purification, LLC to perform additional ground water and

Purification is the permit applicant for a well field in the Bluebonnet Groundwater Conservation District that is being investigated as a possible alternative water supply for the cities. The FBSD has released findings of a study entitled “Effects of the Proposed Electro Purification Wellfield on Water Levels and Land-Surface Subsidence.” However, the FBSD has yet to release all of the technical data upon which the study conclusions were based, according to the media communication. It also states that additional modeling will provide technical data that can be used to scientifically assess the validity of the Fort Bend Subsidence District study’s findings.

Black cat blowout going on at Sugar Land Animal Services By Betsy Dolan

Few would argue that the black cat is in need of a serious image overhaul. Throughout history it has conjured up images of witchcraft and magic and in North America it is considered unlucky to cross paths with it. But today, black cats in America's shelters, are the unlucky ones. Katherine Ketchum. of Sugar Land Animal Services, says there are always a lot of black cats at the facility. "They are seen as uninteresting and blah. People aren’t looking at their personalities, just their coloring,” said Ketchum. Which is why a shelter volunteer came up with the idea four years ago to encourage the adoption of black cats every September by reducing show can create new problems. the price from $90 to $20. A One: if it doesn't completely $20 gift card to Petco is also sell out, the venue loses money part of the deal, making the and, Two: people who purchase adoption essentially free. tickets in the last row, upper A cat adoption through Sugar balcony because they are the only available tickets, are upset by the Land Animal Services includes announcement of a second show. Councilman Cecil Willis wanted the public to know that "the City is not running the show." The City leases the building to the promoter, FM2, who book the ANIMAL SHELTER, continued from page 1 talent and handle the ticket sales. Mayor Scarcella added that pets, a quarantine area, an this is much like the question the administrative area and an City receives about their plans for outside area for the dogs. The the Texas Instruments property. shelter's new location, just off "It's not ours to do with." Stay Scanlin Road in the Missouri tuned for future information City Hall complex, brings much about the 10th Anniversary improved visibility as well. celebration for the Stafford "The old shelter was tucked Centre. back from the road and we'd have to go outside and flag people down who were driving around trying to find the shelter," said Juan Acevedo, recently been snagged for Missouri City's Animal Control liberating loot from stores but Supervisor. "Now residents she did run amuck of the system will be able to find us easily." several years ago for a no Acevedo says the larger permitted alarm …. Hum, could building will mean a volunteer that make failure to obtain an program can be established alarm permit a gateway crime? for the first time. Volunteers Nah, this “mother” is just will help facilitate adoptions Disgusting with a capital D. and handle administrative

Willie Nelson tickets sells out in record time for March 2014 WILLIE NELSON, continued from page 1

City Council for residents of Stafford to sign up for Stafford Centre's email blasts about upcoming events. Bryan also advised that "when the tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m., customers need to go online at 10:00 a.m. and make their purchase." Their website is www.staffordcentre. com. Having said that, Willie Nelson has had plenty of time to accumulate a large fan base. A lot of people attending the event most likely learned about the concert from Willie's personal website. Councilman Fred Woolridge asked the question, "Why not add a second show?" Bryan explained that adding a second

without paying for it…. Upwards to $1500 bucks. He, a juvenile, got busted but Mommy Dearest, not so much…until now. Yep, as far as Fort Bend records show, Mommy Dearest has only

vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, spaying or neutering and a microchip. If you need even more convincing, you can try the shelter's sleepover program which allows prospective families to tryout a pet for three to five days.

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This black & white  cat  is just one of many available for adoption during the 4th annual Black Cat Blowout going on through the end of September at Sugar Land Animal Services, 101 Gillingham Lane.

tasks at the shelter. Since 1987, Stafford has had an inter local agreement with Missouri City to use 25% of the facility. The City of Stafford contributed $166,790 of the $700,000 cost of the new shelter. Stafford also pays a monthly fee which goes toward the maintenance of the building and the care of the animals that Stafford impounds. The rest of the $524,821 shelter tab was budgeted in Missouri City’s Capital Improvement Program. The new shelter will have the same staffing levels as the previous shelter which includes one supervisor, two animal control officers from Missouri City, and one from Stafford. The city estimates the new shelter will be able to house 900 dogs and 300 cats every year.

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Sugar Land hopes performing arts venue a show-stopper for city theater’s walls to be compacted and expanded to accommodate venue, just like Constellation 2,000, 4,000 or 6,500 Field, will create jobs, bring in seats. In addition, the area revenue and attract people from surrounding the venue is zoned all over the region to our city.” for commercial, office and The Sugar Land Development entertainment purposes. Corporation approved a design City officials stressed that agreement with Martinez no general fund tax dollars will & Johnson Architects on be spent on the project. Based September 3 and the renderings on voters’ approval of the bond of the venue were released on measures in 2008 and the City’s September 4. Sugar Land City goal to create a self-sustaining Council has contracted Houston- venue, the project will be funded based ACE Theatrical Group to through a portion of sales tax build the venue and manage its revenues and hotel taxes; rent operations for 30 years. revenues generated by the “This facility will fill the facility and ACE will make a void that exists between The $10 million equity contribution. Woodlands and Toyota Center,” said ACE Theatrical CEO, Fort Bend’s David Anderson. “What we most in-depth are planning to do in Sugar news coverage. Land does not currently exist anywhere in the country. We’ll Check even find people copying what we are more stories doing here.” in our website Anderson said new FortBendStar.com technology will allow the PERFORMING ARTS, continued from page 1

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St. Catherine of Sienna donates to Lunches of Love Concerned that young children were going hungry on weekends during summer break, parishioners at St.

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donated to families enrolled in the Lunches of Love program which provides lunches for children in the

Richmond-Rosenberg area. The Church, which is already involved with the Lunches of Love program by donating time and resources, heard that, although lunches were provided during the week, the children did not necessarily have food for Saturday and Sunday. With a strong male presence Parishioners responded the on campus, Austin Parkway next week by celebrating Elementary students will gain “Cereal Sunday.” A month after the first collection, the an added sense of security on campus and appreciate spending program asked for more valuable time with their dads in help and once again the the school setting. Schools that parish provided another implement the Watch D.O.G.S. generous cereal donation . program typically experience a “Outreach to those in the significant decline in student dis- Houston area who need our ciplinary referrals and bullying help is our main focus this behavior, thus creating an enviyear,” states Pastor Fr. Mike ronment conducive to learning. Besson. “Lunches of Love If you are interested in makis one of the projects that ing a positive impact on the is important to us. We’re lives of students, and would willing to help with whatever assistance this program needs. like more information on joining the Watch D.O.G.S. Currently St. Catherine’s program at Austin Parkway is developing ideas for Elementary School, contact assisting St. John’s Baptist Assistant Principal Courtney Church in Missouri Dickey at 281-634-4001 or email City which needs some watchdogsape@gmail.com. reconstruction and support.

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Parent participation at Austin than 100 dads committed to Parkway Elementary School volunteering more than 60 has gotten off to a good start, days on campus during the especially with school dads 2013-2014 school year. These Preparing to pack up and deliver 200 boxes of cereal to the Lunches of and father-figures taking part male role models will volunteer Love Program in Rosenberg are St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church in the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads their time by assisting campus members (l to r) Lisa Davis, Teri Mitchel, Spencer Vicknair, Senior of Great Students) program. staff as car/bus rider facilitaWarden Shane Vicknair, Jon Winfele, and Jonathon Winfele. Last May, Austin Parkway tors, hallway monitors, library hosted a “Dad and Me Pizza assistants, lunchroom helpers, Party and Watch D.O.G.S. classroom and homework tutors, Kickoff Party,” where more and playground monitors. the central nervous system in mammals and is primarily ABWA/SWAPEN Women's Networking transmitted as a result of a bite from a rabid animal. meeting set for Tuesday, September 17 Fort Bend County, not unlike other Texas counties, Upcoming meetings will be The Sugar Land chapter of has a history of rabies in held September 17, October 15, ABWA is having their monthly Skunks to get skunks. It is being included networking meeting. They  are November 19 and December vaccinated as a pilot site for an innoan Express Network of the 17, from 11:30am - 1pm at the Staring the middle of this vative program as part of National American Business Sugar Creek Country Club. month, Fort Bend County the implementation of an Women's Association. Register at www. The goals of Express Animal Services, Texas oral vaccination program swapen.org/reservation/. Department of State Health for skunks. Oral rabies vacNetworks are to provide Services (DSHS), and USDA cine baits will be distribpowerful educational and/or Wildlife Services will par- uted throughout various motivations that enable women ticipate in a wildlife vac- parts of Fort BendCounty in to grow professionally and cination program to control two zones, north and south, personally and to offer a strong network of women business rabies in skunks. Rabies is roughly separated by Alt 90 caused by a virus that infects and U.S. 59. More to come. leaders in our local community. They have great speakers and great opportunity to network SEE THESE HOUSES THIS WEEK with other local professionals.  Meetings are held on the third Tuesday each month.

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GARGIULO Thomas Gargiulo “Sugar Tom”, age 80, of Sugar Land passed away peacefully on Saturday, 9/7/13. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 56 years; childrenCheryl DiCamillo, Kevin (Lisa), Tina Rondinaro (Michael), and Lori Nowosielski (Ricky); granddaughters-Melissa & Sara DiCamillo, Celeste & Felicia Rondinaro, Maria Gargiulo, Emily & Abigail Nowosielski and great grandson Jack Kuba. Tom moved to Sugar Land in

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Volunteers needed Charter Review to examine foundation of Sugar Land Volunteers are needed to review Sugar Land's charter, a document that provides the foundation for governance in Sugar Land. In 1981, Sugar Land citizens voted to adopt the City's first home-rule charter.  By converting from a general-law city to a home-rule city, citizens chose to exercise their right under the Texas Constitution

to make local laws to govern their own affairs.  The charter is the City's 'constitution' and cannot be amended except by approval of the voters and not more than every two years.   Individuals who would like to serve on the Charter Review Commission should contact City Secretary Glenda Gundermann at (281) 275-2730 or fill out an application on the City's Web

site at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ charterreview.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 16. City Council is expected to appoint members to the Charter Review Commission during October.  The commission's recommendation to Council is expected early next year, with a possible charter review election called in the future. "The charter review commission is a vital part of city government," said City Manager Allen Bogard.  "It is important that the commission is composed of qualified, dependable and effective individuals who reflect the diversity of the community and geographical representation of the public."   Previous Charter Review Commissions have taken the view that the charter is the City's "constitution" and should only include the fundamental matters of local government.  For

1992 upon retiring from New York’s Nassau County Parks and Recreation Department after 33 years of service. Tom had a passion for volunteering, spending countless hours serving the community. He actively contributed towards Sugar Land’s Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, and the Police & Fire Departments. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, SepOn behalf of Fort Bend • National PTA: www. tember 10, 2013 at 6 PM at the ISD, we offer our sincere pta.org/programs Sugar Land T. E. Harman Center. condolences to the family • Listen Protect Connect of the fallen student and our Model and Teach thoughts and prayers go out presentation to all the students, staff and parents of Spring High School.  In the aftermath of incidents like this, the natural reaction is to evaluate how a tragedy such as this one could have of Georgetown, TX; been avoided.  Like many and other loving rela- school districts in Texas, tives and friends. A including Spring ISD, Fort Memorial Celebra- Bend ISD employs a school tion of her life will district police department with be held at 1:30 PM, a focus on campus safety and Saturday Septem- security.  Officers are assigned ber 14, 2013, at The to each secondary campus, Settegast-Kopf Co. while also visiting elementary @ Sugar Creek, campuses daily.  However, 15015 Southwest school security is like a puzzle BAPTIST CHURCH Freeway, Sugar Land and police officers are only (Williams Trace Exit). For those one piece of that puzzle.  HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-403-4994 desiring, donations in Gina’s We need to work 2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 memory may be made to the cooperatively with parents and Dr. Charles Murphy, Pastor American Cancer Society @ students to ensure that everyone www.cancer.org. takes ownership in the safety Sunday Bible Study 9:30am - 6:00pm and security of their campus.  Sunday Worship 10:45am - 7:00pm One way students are able Wednesday: 7:00pm Bible Study / AWANA to share concerns is through "A Place To Call Home" - www.hbctx.org the Campus Crime Stoppers program and the new Text a Tip METHODIST CHURCH The Settegast-Kopf program.  Students have the Company@Sugar Creek CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-980-6888 option to call Crime Stoppers 15015 Southwest Freeway at 281-491-TIPS (8477), or Sugar Land, Texas 77478 3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-565-5015 they can send an anonymous Sunday Worship: 8:15am - 9:45am - 11:05am tip through text messaging by the hub - 11:00am typing GETPAID, followed by Sunday School for all ages - 9:45am their message, and sending that www.cumcsl.org to 274637 (CRIMES).  Cash rewards of up to $5,000 may FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502 be paid for those tips.  We teach our students and staff 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459 that if they see something Sunday Worship: 9:00am, 11:00am staff and caregivers at Autumn that makes them feel unsafe Open Skies Worship: 9:00am Leaves of The Woodlands for or uncomfortable, they Sunday School All Ages 10:00am their loving care, respect, and should say something.  This www.fumcmc.org giving dignity to “Mama Lou’s” anonymous reporting system final years. allows them to do that.   SUGAR LAND METHODIST CHURCH • 281-491-6041 In lieu of flowers, the famThe safety of our students ily requests donations and staff is our highest priority.  431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 in her name to the If you have specific questions Worship @ 9:00am and 11:15am Alzheimer’s Asso- about your child’s safety, please Bible Study, all ages, @ 10:10am ciation, 2242 W. Hol- contact your campus principal.   www.sugarlandmethodist.org combe Blvd., HousIn closing, we know that CHURCH OF CHRIST ton, TX 77030. today’s news is alarming Visitation was held and establishing a sense of MURPHY RD. CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-5216 on Sunday, Septem- normalcy and security will help ber 8, 2013 in the students, as well as adults, cope 2025 FM 1092 • Missouri City Chapel of Davis- with such troubling news. Sunday Worship: 9:30am - 5:00pm Greenlawn Funeral Below are helpful websites Bible Classes: Sunday 10:45am Home in Rosenberg. with more detailed information Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm The Mass of Resurrection and resources that parents and www.murphyroadchurch.org was held on Monday, September school personnel can use. 9, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic • National Association SUGAR LAND CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-561-0881 Church in Sugar Land. Burial of School Psychologists: 15590 Voss Road • Sugar Land • www.slcoc.org followed at Greenlawn Memowww.nasponline.org Sunday Worship Services: 7:00am • 10am • 5pm rial Park in Rosenberg. • American School A detailed obituary may be Counselor Association: Bible Study (all ages): Sun. 9am & Wed. 7pm read at www.davisgreenlawnfh. www.schoolcounselor.org Tuesday Seniors' Bible Study: 10am com. • American Psychological Association: www.apa.org Scripture of the week

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example, the number of council members on Council and the manner of election (by majority or plurality vote) are fundamental matters and should be addressed by the charter.   Individuals who would like to serve on the Charter Review Commission should contact City Secretary Glenda Gundermann at (281) 275-2730 or fill out an application on the City's Web site at www.sugarlandtx. gov.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 16. "Members of the commission should be representative of individuals with a background knowledge and expertise that will recognize and understand the legal complexities of the government structure," said Bogard.  "They should be representatives who will bring forth neutral perspectives that promote and support the goal of effective local government."

SHIELDS GINA SHIELDS, age 59, of Sugar Land, Texas, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013, after a short battle against lung cancer. She was born April 26, 1954, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Nick and Gloria Lanza. Gina was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, and friend, who will be greatly missed by those who loved her, and by those whose lives she touched. She was a free spirit with an infectious laugh, who loved to travel, shop, and entertain family and friends at home. She is survived by her husband of twenty-seven years, William “Billy” A. Shields, III; son, William A. Shields, IV; mother, Gloria Murphy and step-father, M.D. Murphy of Kingsville, TX; mother-in-law, Wanda Shields

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FBISD to host Educational Futures Conference, Sept. 18 Fort Bend ISD will host an Educational Futures Conference on Wednesday, September 18, to seek input from parents and community members as the District prepares for continued growth and the current and future needs of its students.   The Educational Futures Conference will present a look at the needs of today’s students, how we are meeting those needs, and how we can best meet the needs of students in the future.  Discussions will be held

concerning the global, national, and local factors affecting education and, most importantly, students in FBISD.  Topics will include educational delivery trends such as cross-curricular instruction, “flipped” classrooms, the incredibly rapid development of technology that can affect learning, content and curriculum delivery, changing realities of what it means to be “college and career ready,” strategies that high-performing schools use to ensure high achievement for all

students, and many other topics concerning public education.  The Educational Futures Conference will be held two different times at the Fort Bend ISD Administrative Annex, 3119 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land. • Wednesday, September 18, 1:00-3:30 p.m. • Wednesday, September 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m. All community members are invited to attend the meeting, including those who do not have students currently

enrolled in FBISD schools, to participate in this conference to ensure the effectiveness of this planning process. For more information, please go to the Fort Bend ISD website (www.fortbendisd. com), and click on the “Planning for the Future” button located on the left-hand side.  If you have questions, please contact Beth Martinez, Executive Director of Organizational Development, at (281) 634-0882 or beth. martinez@fortbendisd.com. 

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YMCA to host a free open house event for senior members If you are a senior and are looking to get connected with your YMCA community, here’s your chance! Bring your friends to the Y's free communitywide Senior Open House on Thursday, September 12, from 9:45 am-1 pm. YMCAs across the Houston area are

hosting this special event, just for active older adults. Join us for free fun, food, and learning. Enjoy refreshments, group exercise class demonstrations, health speakers, games, door prizes and more. The YMCA looks to provide a strong community for

members of all ages. Whether young or old, it is our mission to help enforce the values of caring, honesty, healthy living, and a sense of social responsibility. We want to make sure our YMCA centers are filled with motivated, dedicated, and excited seniors.

Bring your friends to the Fort Bend Family YMCA located at 4433 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 281-499-9622 and be a part of our senior community. Make sure to take advantage of this event to find additional information on Y services available to seniors.

eyed anticipation is one of the best parts of childhood. It’s kicking off recruitment season with a rally on Tuesday, September 17 at St. Laurence Catholic Church (3100 Sweetwater Blvd.,

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FOOD DEMO REPS NEEDED immediately in Sugar Land major grocery store. Visit grandetamales. com to learn about our company, then call 281-725-0715 for instructions. Salary starts at $8.50 per hour.

PART-TIME ASSISTANT SWIM COACH, evenings M-F 4:30-7:30 depending on group. Some Saturdays. Competitive Swim Experience required. www.firstcolonyswimming. org, email resumes to coachsearch@swimfcst.com

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DRIVERS: Local & Dedicated, Baytown & Channelview Openings. Avg pay over 200.00 per day, Benefits, Many Bonuses! CDL-A, 1yr OTR T/T Exp., TWIC, X End. Req. 1-888880-5915 OFFICE HELP NEEDED, full time position, knowledge of Word & Escel required, call (281) 827-9020 or email: SUNAY@SWAUTOCENTER.COM

Sugar Land) - Parish Hall from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and another rally, Girl Scout Colony Creek community, on Thursday, September 26, 6:30 – 8:00 at Christ United Methodist Church at 2630 Austin Parkway

Star Digital Studios will record oral histories and incorporate photos that tell a story about your family. That’s because they are worth saving and we’ll do it with video, one of the best ways to hold on to your loved one’s life stories. Let us help you. We will scan and touch up old photos and produce a DVD as a video with a photo montage and add current video that can be narrated. Give us a call for a free consultation to create what will be a family heirloom that could be updated for future generations. Save your family history today. Call Us Now!

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Wednesday, September 18th • 6:00 P.M. 1650 Hwy 6, Suite #350 • Learn how to start a fabulous and successful career in Real Estate • Learn how to join the fastest growing Real Estate Company in Fort Bend For more information or to RSVP contact Charli at 281-265-0000 LEGALS

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CITY OF STAFFORD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas, will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, September 30, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas, for the purpose of receiving testimony regarding the City’s proposed general operating budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2014. Any person desiring to be heard regarding such proposed budget will be afforded an opportunity to do so. The proposed budget is available for inspection during normal business hours in the office of the City Secretary at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and on the City of Stafford’s website. The proposed 2013-2014 Budget is based on a $0.00 property tax rate. /s/ Bonnie Baiamonte City Secretary

PUBLIC NOTICE OF TEST OF AUTOMATIC TABULATING EQUIPMENT AVISO PUBLICO DE PROBAR EL EQUIPO TABULAR AUTOMATICAMENTE Notice is hereby given that the automatic tabulating equipment that will be used in the General & Special Election to be held on November 5, 2013 and by local political subdivisions, for whom Fort Bend County is conducting elections, will be tested on September 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fort Bend County Elections Department, 4520 Reading Road Ste. A-400, Rosenberg Texas. The purpose of the test is to ascertain that it will accurately count the votes cast for all offices and on all measures being tabulated on behalf of those jurisdictions Por lo presente se da aviso que el equipo para tabular automáticamente que se usar�� en la Elección General y Especial el 5 de Noviembre de 2013, y por subdivisiones politicos para quien el Condado de Fort Bend está llevando a cabo las elecciones, se probara el 18 de Septiembre del 2013 a las 10:00 a.m. en el Departamento de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend, 4520 Reading Road Ste. A-400, Rosenberg Texas. El objetivo de este ensayo es para determinar que contará con precisión los votos emitidos para todas las oficinas y sobre todas las medidas que se tabularon en nombre de aquellas jurisdicciones. /s/ John Oldham Fort Bend County Elections Administrator Administrador de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend

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• TELLER SUPERVISOR • • TELLER •

PART TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT

POSITIONS OPEN IN SUGAR LAND OFFICE Weekdays until 7:30 pm /some Saturdays.

Busy Sugar Land contractor is hiring for a part time Office Assistant. Individual must be dependable, task-oriented, friendly, and work well with people. Filing, light keypunch and switchboard relief.

FULL TIME

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PUBLICATION NOTICE NO. 13-CBW-007879

Keller Williams Career Night

For more information about the Girl Scout Colony Creek Community Rally, please email gstroop.organizer@gmail. com. For more info regarding Girl Scouting call 1-800-3924340, or visit www.gssjc.org.

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Notice is hereby given that an application has been made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a WINE & BEER RETAILER’S PERMIT at 4031 FM 1463 RD #68 KATY TX 77494 by LITTLE V VIETNAMESE BISTRO LLC dab LITTLE V VIETNAMESE BISTRO

State Farm Agency in Missouri City seeks a reliable individual for customer service. The ideal candidate must be organized with the ability to multi-task, be able to communicate and be familiar with Microsoft Outlook. Experience in the industry is a plus, but not required. Compensation is based on experience.

SEND RESUME BY EMAIL TO

sherri@robertshaffer.com

Name of the Officer: • Tuyen T. Bui, Manager/Member • Mark D. Richardson, Member • Prentis L. Boatner III, Member To contest said application or the right to secure said license, contact the Fort Bend County Judge at 281-341-8608.

ORDINANCE NO. 1004 AN ORDINANCE BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF STAFFORD, TEXAS PROVIDING FOR THE ASSESSMENT, LEVY, AND COLLECTION OF AD VALOREM TAXES BY THE CITY OF STAFFORD, FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF THE STAFFORD MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE TAX YEAR 2013 TO FUND THE SCHOOL BUDGET YEAR 2013-2014; PROVIDING THE DATE ON WHICH SUCH TAXES SHALL BE DUE AND PAYABLE; PROVIDING FOR PENALTY AND INTEREST ON ALL TAXES NOT TIMELY PAID; REPEALING ALLORDINANCES AND PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND CONTAINING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE. PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED the 29th day of August 2013.

ORDINANCE NO. 1003 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF STAFFORD, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 102 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY, THE SAME BEING THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE, BY GRANTING A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT TO THE VINEYARD CHURCH, TO ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ASSEMBLY GROUP A-3 OCCUPANCY, SPECIFICALLY, A RELIGIOUS FACILITY, ON A 4.9867 ACRE TRACT OF LAND LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY IN ZONING DISTRICT MU-1, AND FURTHER IDENTIFIED AS BEING LOCATED AT 5015 GROVE WEST BOULEVARD; PROVIDING REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS SPECIFIC USE PERMIT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING A PENALTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION HEREOF; AND FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE IS PASSED WAS OPEN AS REQUIRED BY LAW. PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED THE 21st day of August, 2013.

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Girl Scout rallies taking place in Sugar Land on Tuesday, September 17 When a girl says, “I can’t wait to,” you know that what’s coming next is something she’s excited about. Whether she’s talking about tomorrow’s trip to the art museum or football game next Saturday, that wide-

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Transport Service Co. is hiring a MECHANIC out of Pasadena, TX! We offer competitive pay, medical benefits for you and your family, paid vacations, 401K & MORE! Day and evening shifts available SUBMIT YOUR RESUME TO safety@thekag.com to apply!

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Position combines VET ASSISTANT and KENNEL DUTIES. GRAND PARKWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL 5818 New Territory Blvd. by Randall's in the New Territory Center

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MACHINE OPERATORS FOR MISSOURI CITY COMPANY Candidate must have 3 yrs minimum experience in: Packaging Converting machines • Basic Machine controls Tooling • General Manufacturing Responsibilities include: Unloading parts, minor machine offsets, machine operations, quality inspection, basic blueprint reading, minor tool changes, deburring, measuring, washing, basic assembly and documentation of quality records. Requirements include: High School Diploma, must read and write English and have good Math skills and be safety minded with a positive attitude. High school diploma or equivalent combination of knowledge, education and experience. Experience running and operating machinery (strong mechanical aptitude). Ability to communicate effectively with others and perform in a team environment, follow directions and SOP’s. No lifting restrictions. Good leadership skills Interested Candidates should submit a summary of work history or resume to:

HR@flairpackaging.com no later than September 20, 2013.

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Marketing Team at the Star We are the leading weekly information source in Fort Bend County and we are looking for one or two unique individuals. If you are a hard-working, business-minded, positive self-starter with a desire to market our products and services in the Sugar Land area, we want to hear from you. You will enjoy a protected territory, salary plus bonuses and incentives as well as health benefits.

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Interior and Exterior

Pressure Washing

Sheetrock Repair

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Tod Griffin (281) 265-7134

281-499-3511

AIR CONDITIONING • HEATING

281-492-3450

CALL MIKE AT CURRENT ELECTRIC • 832-758-0026 TECL #21168 • HMEL #175 • 21 YEARS

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• Patios • Stamped Concrete • Driveways • Concrete Pavers • Foundations • Breakout & Removal

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MATH/COMPUTER TUTOR - Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics. Bill Stewart. BSEE 281-3411582.>+

ESTATE SALE, PRICES LOWERED! Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9/13, 9/14 and 9/15. 9AM - ? 32 Warwick Lane Missouri City, 77459.

AUTOS

GARAGE SALE

ONLINE ESTATE AUCTION BIDDING NOW IN PROGRESS! www. martindaleauction. com. LaZboy couch, Mahogany furniture, Howard Miller cabinet, home décor, tools, art, collectibles & more! Visit website to bid & more details. (713) 248-4902 V. Grimm 16230 13%BP Cash/CC CHILD CARE

FRIDAY & SATURDAY SEPT 13 & 14 3606 S. Autrey Ct., Sienna Plantation. Everything, baby items, furniture, toys, kitchen.

ROLAA Adoption Services & Home Studies . .............................. 281-438-6588

Astral Book Keeping & Tax Service............................................. 281-277-8200

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING

TELEPHONE / VOICE MAIL SYSTEM

CASUAL AIR & HEAT Honest service @ affordable prices.......281-498-3900 FRESH AIR HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Appliance Repair and Duct Cleaning..................................... 281-499-3511

ProStar Communications "See the Power of Panasonic at Our Demo Center" .........................281-265-3500

The R.C. Hobby Shop .................................................................. 281-969-7751

HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS CONCEALED HANDGUN classes/camera syst. 24/7..................... 713-726-8444

INSTRUCTION PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS ($25/hr) ..........................................281-980-2410

INSURANCE Farmers Insurance - auto, life, home, commercial ..................... 281-561-6000

PLUMBING ALAN'S PLUMBING REPAIRS, Lic./Ins. ........................................ 281-261-1064 AMERICAN SERVICES, MPL15997, BBB, Insured.......................... 713-782-2989 MIKE TIDWELL PLUMBING CO. M37825 Residential, Repairs & Service . ................................................. 281-980-6265

REAL ESTATE MIKE MOORE - REALTOR Buy - Sell - Lease................................ 713-825-0654 WE BUY HOUSES - We Take Over Payments................................. 832-539-2260

Do you have an area business service such as remodeling, air conditioning, auto service, etc. that you would like to reach 51,000 homes in Fort Bend County and increase the growth of your business?

Call Diane at 281-690-4210 for information

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CHARLTON’S BODY REPAIR

Serving Fort Bend County since 1957

• AUTOS, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC • DETAILING VEHICLES + RV’s

281-499-1126

WANTED: CONSIGNMENT AUCTION ITEMS; equipment, personal property, Buy or Sell, at United Country A Star Auction, 4911 Avenue H, Rosenberg, TX 77471, 281-2398900, www.AStarBid. com, TL#17149.

www.CharltonsBodyRepair.com

MISCELLANEOUS

FRIDAY SEPT 13 & SAT. SEPT 14. 13131 James Ln Stafford (Vaccaro Manor) 7:30am-2pm PETS

CLEANING SERVICE Residential house / apt. cleaning. AFFORDABLE! Reliable, call for free estimate. 281-639-0546 Pearl. GARAGE SALES

GARAGE SALES

Too much “STUFF”? LOOKING FOR BURIED TREASURE?

You can BUY or Sell at: THE NEW HOPE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 8:30AM - 1:30 PM 1424 FM 1092 (Murphy Road) Missouri City, TX 77459

MISCELLANEOUS

MOONWALK RENTAL

We will be accepting donated items in good shape. All proceeds go to the church. CALL DIANE WARE 281-491-2641 OR EMAIL dware@fortbendmuseum.org

832-563-0523 IZAM’S TREASURES

CLEANING

References available

TAX SERVICE

SERVICES

GARAGE SALE

281-924-4563

ADOPTION

HOBBY SHOP

www.fortbendstar.com

for help with your housekeeping

AUCTIONS

GARAGE DOORS

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VISITING ANGELS 19901 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land . ....... 281-207-1259

Sears Garage Door Solutions, 24/7 service................................. 713-681-5465

Walter Caskey 832•361•0930

Sharon

Jennifer Esch, CPA, Taxes, Bookkeeping & Payroll...................... 281-499-0093

FOUNDATION REPAIR

No Job too Small

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AMERICAN SERVICES, lifetime warranty, Since 1975.................. 713-782-2989

Home repairs, Flooring, Drywall, Fencing, Siding

New rices rP w Lo e

SENIOR HOMECARE

Harris Carpet/Floors Sales, Installation, & Cleaning.......... 713-723-0693

Caskey Construction Services; CCS

Call 281-468-4250 anytime

ACCOUNTANTS/C.P.A.

FLOORS

LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

• Great Prices • Rebates! • Financing • Warranties

ESTATE SALE

1 line for 52 weeks - Only $299 Don't hesitate • Call 281-690-4203 today!

Sugar Land Boat-RV Storage, W. Bellfort @ Burney.......................... 281-491-0196

713-204-4664

TRANE ON SALE!

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SPORT PERFORMANCE AUTO PAINT & BODY ............................. 281-499-6601

CONTACT

PHILLIP ANDREWS

SERVICES

Get wise to age-fighting.

AUTOMOTIVE

LAND & REMODELING

Licensed & Insured MPL15997 713-782-2989

XR 16 SYSTEM

Advertise with us online at

www.SearsGarageDoors.com

The Pinak Law Firm, 18 years exp., info@fortbendlegal.com............281-240-2355

SUGAR RAIN GUTTERS

www.smart-improvements.com

0% for 12 months with Sears card

ATTORNEY

281-797-6363 281-265-5311

UNDERSLAB Plumbing Experts

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Expert Garage Door Repairs and Replacements

281-690-4280

FORM & FUNCTION

FREE ESTIMATES

REMODELING

“Serving All Houston and Surrounding Areas”

4655 Techniplex Dr., Ste. 600

We Do it all for you w/warranty. 32 Years Experience. “Insured” Registered in Fort Bend & Harris County & Serving Sugar Land since 1999 Let us change the image & your living style. Free Estimate (or in House Consultant)

832-640-1261

PAINTING

GET YOUR DOOR FIXED TODAY!

SERVICES

Brick/Crack Repair • Mortar Match Leaning Walls / Columns Fireplace & Chimneys Sheetrock / Painting Pressure Wash All types of Flooring & Stonework

REMODELING

INSURED FREE ESTIMATES

is 3:00 pm Monday CALL 281-690-4200

Commercials I Presentations I Promotions

Carpet • Painting • Remodeling • Ceramic Marble • Wood Flooring • Pressure Washing Laminate Wood Flooring • Granite Slab Countertops

cannot be combined with any offer

Full service digital video production for businesses, organizations and professionals

Insured Free Estimates References Since 1981

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• Kitchen • Bath • Floor • Cabinets • Deck • Patios & Covering • Siding • Masonry • Glass Block • Windows • Int., Ext. • Painting

Painting by Tod

Serving Ft. Bend 31 years • Complete systems and service of all brands

322 Present St. • Stafford

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Call us today and in most cases we will have your house cool TODAY!

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713-542-4111

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“We Replace Rotten Wood”

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Frank Garza, owner

Painting Sheet Rock Repair Fence Staining

713.681.5465

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WORKS by Rob

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Interior/Exterior Painting Hardie Plank Siding ��� Pressure Washing Roofing • Remodeling • Carpentry Fence/Fence Repair

Pressure Washing Faux Finishes Special Textures

Your Total Home Solution 281•788•9256 www.homeservicesco.net

281-344-9212

ction Satisfanteed Guara

BY MARK LANGFORD

• Remodeling • Construction • Kitchen/Bath • Design/New-Build • Patio/Gazebo • Resale Preparation • Flooring/Roofing • Home Realtor Srvc

• Free Estimates

House Painters Plus

PAINTING & HOME REPAIRS

Sheetrock Repairs Carpentry Paint Int. & Ext.

Driveway - Gates & Operators

HOME IMPROVEMENT

IRON FENCE REPAIR • IRON FENCE REPAIR

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ALAN'S PLUMBING

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ELDER CARE

PSYCHIC

To rent a booth for your own sale, cost is $30 per booth or two for $50, prepaid at the time of reservation. CALL JUNE AT 281-499-7611

VACATIONS

“readings by Tammy” Call for appointment

VACATIONS

New Braunfels - Guadalupe RIVERFRONT on River Rd.

281-232-4436

(outside New Braunfels city limits)

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First-class riverfront duplex on River Rd. Minutes to Schlitterbaun or tube the Guadalupe. Also convenient to Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Gruene Hall , Natural Bridge Cavern and Canyon Lake.

2 units available - Each unit sleeps 8 See pictures and rates at www.RioRatonDuplex.com and e-mail your dates from web page

832-788-2294


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First-class riverfront duplex on River Rd.

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Minutes to Schlitterbaun or tube the Guadalupe. Also convenient to Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Gruene Hall , Natural Bridge Cavern and Canyon Lake.

281.980.6265

2 units available - Each unit sleeps 8

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INOGEN ONE G2 PORTABLE OXYGEN MACHINE. The Inogen One G2 oxygen machine has great battery life and light weight! You can now get the best of both worlds. This oxygen concentrator will produce oxygen for up to 8 hours without a recharge. Patients can charge their batteries while using the oxygen machine when plugged into the wall or in a cigarette lighter in a car with the universal power supply. The Inogen One G2 only weights in at 7lbs.! This used machine is about two years old and retails for $2,400. This machine, 2 batteries, universal power supply/adaptor and carry case is only $995 firm. Call 832-788-2294.

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sniff of the vehicle and boat. “Rex” alerted on a boat Two men traveling through being towed, said Baker. He Rosenberg get stopped then said, “The boat was for a traffic violation then subsequently searched and fail the “Rex” sniff test. multiple hidden compartments Sunday evening, September were located.” Inside those 8, just minutes before 8, hidden compartments were Rosenberg K9 Officer 155, individually wrapped, Schnacky and his K9 partner bundles of what is believed to “Rex” stopped a Ford pickup be marijuana. The total weight towing a boat in the 2500 was approximately 562 pounds block of Avenue H (US90A) with an estimated street value for a reported traffic violation. of approximately $170,000. According to Rosenberg The driver and passenger are police spokesman Brian Baker, identified as Clint Schweining The two occupants of the truck and Martin Wilson. offered inconsistent stories Both were arrested and on where they had been and reportedly booked into the where they were going. That Fort Bend County Jail on inconsistency led Officer charges of Possession of Interestingly, at press time Schnacky to deploy his K9 Marijuana in a Drug Free partner “Rex” to conduct a Zone; a First Degree Felony. on the following Tuesday, By LeaAnne Klentzman

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Welcome to Richmond and don’t forget to smile. Over the last several years the Richmond police department has encouraged residents and more importantly businesses to take the proactive step of installing security camera(s) and surveillance equipment. According to Richmond police department spokesman Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast, “One local business discovered the advantages of such a system just this past Sunday. Late that night a local business owner was monitoring the video cameras of his place of business from his home in a different location. When he observed a suspicious individual walking around the property he called police and started taking snapshots of the suspicious person from his computer.” Neinast said when officers arrived at the business in the 800 block of Austin Street they found a shattered glass from a window in the door. Because the owner had surveillance and recording equipment he was able to provide police with a description of the suspect

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until Rosenberg Police called and reported a man suffering from gunshot wounds at the Waffle House under suspicious circumstances. A short time later, deputies were contacted by Rosenberg Police after a man showed up at the Waffle House on U.S. 59 in Rosenberg, just 15 miles east of the shooting scene in Kendleton, with gunshot wounds and a suspicious story. Haenel said, “The 24-year-old man at the Waffle house was wearing shorts and no shirt. He said he had been shot at a location near U.S. 59 and Grunwald Road, which is east of Kendleton.” The injured man was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center where he was treated for two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. His condition at press time was unavailable. Haenel said the case remains under investigation and will be referred to the Grand Jury.

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After several attempted burglaries at his store; a shop owner decided to sleep in his business to protect it. In the early hours of Sunday morning, September 8, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call at Belle’s Country Store in Kendleton. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Heanel, the store owner was sleeping in the store when he awoke at 3:30 am to the sounds of someone breaking into this business. Haenel said, “He stood up and saw a man pounding the window with what he believed to be a rock. He grabbed his handgun and shot three times. He was unsure as to whether any of his three shots hit the suspect.” The store owner immediately called 911 after firing the shots said Haenel. An immediate search of the area left deputies baffled

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 3 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2013 on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at the offices of Sienna Plantation Residential Association, Inc., 9600 Scanlan Trace, Missouri City, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

Fort Bend County WCID No. 2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2013 on September 18, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal:

R. Coltharp, D. Trull, K. Bender, and M. Parsons

AGAINST the proposal:

None

PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT:

R. Sick

FOR the proposal:

President: Vice President: Secretary/Treasurer: Director: Director:

AGAINST the proposal:

NONE

Linda Walker John Ferro John Rose Jody Court Hector Acevedo

PRESENT and not voting: NONE

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $ Difference in rates per $100 of value

Last Year This Year 0.720/$100 $ 0.710/$100 Adopted Proposed $

Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-)

0.010/$100

Average appraised value

$

268,313

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$

0

$

0

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$ $

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$ $

282,099 2,002.90

$ 71.05 3.6778%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

NONE

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Last Year This Year Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $ 0.180000/$100 $ 0.180000/$100 Adopted Proposed Difference in rates per $100 of value

-1.3889%

268,313 1,931.85

ABSENT:

$ 0.000000/$100

Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-)

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$

129,529

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134,890

General Exemptions Available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

$

0

$

0

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$ $

129,529 233.15

$ $

134,890 242.80

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

+$ 9.65 +4.14%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. “However, Fort Bend County WCID #2 does not levy any operation and maintenance tax so its tax levy is not subject to rollback.”


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Sugar Land Performing Arts Center… perhaps the look of more to come Say the name a couple of times…Sugar Land Performing Arts Center, Sugar Land Performing Arts Center… because in a couple of years, it will be a reality and the name will start to roll off

your tongue as if it’s been here forever. Also, maybe the name of the district where it will be located, as well…the Telfair commercial district. With last week’s unveiling of the architectural rending

at Sugar Land city hall, the formal announcement of a design agreement was met with excitement, especially in relation to the look of the new structure. Construction begins next summer. Iconic, actually an iconic element, is what the Washington D.C. based architects, Martinez & Johnson Architects, said the venue with up to 65,00 seats would turn out to be, and symbolic in the city as the forerunner of this kind of design style. The anticipation is now in full gear for the latest cultural destination Sugar Land will have launched for regional audiences with what is expected to be a broad range of performances. With a clear view of the

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new performing arts center's spacious lobby and an outdoor plaza from the street level, there will be a colossal, curved glass wall separating the two. That’s the striking look of the facility, modern, yet classic. Not sure where the sun will rise or set in relation to the place, but the site itself is at the southeast corner of city owned property on U.S. 59 and University Boulevard next to the Texas Instruments headquarters under construction. Mayor James Thompson and all the city council members were present at the unveiling, and that is what makes them standouts, “engaged” in the project, as ACE Theatrical Group, Houston-based, president David Anderson described their

dedication to the success of the effort. ACE Theatrical will also contribute to the performing arts project financially and some sales tax and hotel occupancy tax funds will also go towards

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Cast Theatre auditions Auditions for Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” will be held on September 16 and 17 @ 7:00 PM At Cast’s Theatre 1909 Ave G Rosenberg. Eight men and 3 women are required. Cast is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Theatre all participants are volunteers. Need Informations, please contact casttheatricalcompany@gmail.com Guardianship information session Brazos Bend Guardianship Service is hosting an information session at Sugar Land Library, 550 Eldridge Rd., Meeting Room, Sugar LandMeeting Room 6:30pm-8:30pm. The Information Session is designed for families who need information on obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternative to guardianship will also be discussed. An attorney will be present to answer any legal questions related to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. RSVP to: Kirk Monroe at 281-232-7701 or by e-mail: kmonroe@brazosbendguardianship.org or on our website at www. brazosbendguardianship.org.

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Faith and Freedom Alliance to meet The Sugar Land Faith and Freedom Alliance is having their first event of the year Tuesday, September 17, 7-9 p.m., Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel. This is also Constitution Day and a very informative line up of speakers will be presenting our founding documents and their importance from a Biblical worldview. More info contact Lynda Mixon at lcmixon@earthlink.net. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 German Society plans day trip Catwalk on City Walk Fashion Show The Fort Bend Chapter of the Texas German Society will take a day trip Make it a girl’s night out, Thurs., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m., at the 4th annual to Das Haus near Industry on Tuesday, September 17. Meet at Dolores Catwalk on City Walk fashion show featuring Town Square fashion retail- Kueck’s house at 9:30 a.m. to car pool. For reservations call 281-342-8243. ers. Advanced tickets are available online at SugarLandTownSquare.com. ONGOING “Haute Couture” VIP tickets cost $55 and include a VIP experience preOyster Creek Rotary Club meets sented by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Pretty in Pink Cancer The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Fund. “Ready to Wear” general admission tickets cost $30, and proceeds Valley Centre(Golf Club) , 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome benefit Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Pretty in Pink Cancer to come. For Information contact Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or cindyFund. The fashion show will be held at the Sugar Land Marriot Town fauvelle@yahoo.com. Square. Vendors Wanted for 38th Annual Craft Show Fort Bend AAUW meets The Meadows Place Home and Garden Club is accepting booth reservaFort Bend AAUW will meet Sept. 12, 2013, 7pm at Texas Land and Cattle tions for the annual craft show. Handcrafted items only. This craft show will Steakhouse at 12710 S.W Freeway, Stafford, (The Fountains). “Travel from be held Saturday, November 2, from 9 to 4 at Sugar Grove Church of Christ A to Z” will be the topic of the program. Public is invited. Membership to 11600 W. Airport. Contact Joe at 281-530-2566 or jd965@sbcglobal.net. Fort Bend American Association of University Women is open to all with The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North an Associate or higher degree. Please visit, fortbendaauw.org, for member- Are you a stay at home mom? We have playgroups, socials, mom’s night ship information and for the upcoming programs. out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are 3rd Annual “Lite Lunch & Dazzling Desserts welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info Join Hope for Three and Honorary Chair Barbara Jones on September 12, email momsclub_sln@yahoo.com. 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Estate Home of Brenda and Randy Bartley, 5524 Fitness in the Plaza Palm Royale, Sugar Land for the 3rd annual Lite Lunch and Dazzling Fridays, from 9-11 a.m. - August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sugar land Town Square. Desserts Luncheon. Ticket $40. Purchase on line: www.hopeforthree.org/ Join us each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot luncheon-2013/ or call 1-800-317-0787. Proceeds help fund therapies for Camp,9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m. children affected by autism. Rice Owls Coach Billy Lynch guest speaker. Fitness in the Plaza Leadership Luncheon Series Fridays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, 9-11 a.m., Sugar Land Town Center.Come each Missouri City presents this luncheon Thursday, September 12, 11:30 a.m., Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot Camp with City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City, Guest Jon Hood of Fleet Physique and Zumba with a professional instructor! Boot speaker is FBISD Superintendent Charles E. Dupre. Camp is from 9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m.

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Sugar Land Garden Club's 15th Annual Garden Art and Plant Sale is September 21 The Sugar Land Garden Club will host its 15th annual Garden Art and Plant Sale on Saturday, September 21, 8:3- a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive.  This is a community event that draws people not only from Sugar Land but from a large surrounding area including Richmond, Rosenberg, Victoria and Katy.   The Sugar Land Garden Club is notable in that (1) it's the oldest garden club in Texas, (2) its membership is open to all (not just Sugar Land residents), (3) it has more than 150 members and (4) it's a 501(c)(3) organization that supports a variety of state-wide and community horticultural projects.  The club also offers two scholarships to graduate horticultural students each

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Plants-a-Palooza: A Plethora of Perfect Plants! The Sugar Land Garden Club hosts These talented artisans are displaying their raffle donations and are offering garden art and other hand-crafted items.  Back row: Susie Curry, Lynette McQueen, Rose Allen, Melissa Bailey, Mary Bullock, Elizabeth Barrow and Abby Barrow. Front row: Nancy Adams, Anne Ondrusek, Diana Miller, Jaemie Herndon, Gretchen Cockerill. Not shown, Michelle Eigler and Sheryl Lambert.   year.  The Garden Art and Plant Sale is one of two major fundraisers that support the club’s charitable endeavors.

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